PSY4316 – Visual curiosity and Learning

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Course content

Visual curiosity and learning involve active exploration, information sampling, and learning to guide and adapt behaviour in a dynamic environment. This module provides an overview of these processes from the perspectives of cognitive science, neuroscience, and computational approaches. Processes related to core cognitive and motivational concepts such as attention, memory, decision-making, effort, reward, uncertainty reduction, and utility are core topics. Recent work with neuroimaging and eye-tracking methods will be particularly central. 

Learning outcome

Learning outcome

The students will learn to

  1. conceptually relate specific cognitive processes to complex behavior, and
  2. specify the known and unknown aspects regarding the neural underpinnings of curiosity and learning.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge


5 lectures á 2h.

Compulsary activity: Essay (max 1500 words)

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral examination

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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